enchiladas with a side of....

I've been meaning to remember this for awhile now...

I went to see the Lumineers with my friend Linds. The concert was good - very obvious that it was their first time on a stage that big, but entertaining nonetheless. They sound great live. My favorite part was when they started singing "ho hey." As you would expect, the entire venue pulled out their cell phone to record it/snap pictures. They said, "we are so glad you like this song. For tonight, we would love for you to just enjoy the moment and put your phones away. We'll wait." (And he sure did wait like 10 seconds before he started singing!) It was a good reminder that we can all use... Live in the moment instead of Instagramming everything!

But that isn't what this post is about. You see, on the way to the concert, we stopped for dinner. We went to a restaurant I've been to many times... Fancy Mexican food with giant plates. The crowd was a bit different than I remembered but figured I'd just never been on a Friday night before. As we were leaving dinner, I noticed a white van parked just outside the parking lot. It was obviously a state vehicle, so I said to Linds, "It is always comforting to see a food inspector van parked outside the restaurant where you just ate." I was joking, but was curious about the van. As we drove off, I saw that the side of the van said "department of Health and Human Services." There was a small billboard propped against the van. It said: Free STD and HIV screenings.


I guess that part of town has seen a shift in clientele.


flat is the new fluffy

I have come to terms with the fact that I am not a fluffy pillow person.  They are so much prettier and seem like they would provide much better support and certainly make your bed look better.  But NO.  Not worth the cricks in my neck and the shortage of sleep.

We went on vacation last week and I think I got about 2 hours of sleep each night - the pillows were so uncomfortable to me!  I felt like I was some sort of "princess and the pea."  They were nice pillows -  sturdy, fluffy, puffy, soft yet firm..... meh.  I ended up putting a pillow case on one of the throw pillows. 

I went through a phase where I kept buying new pillows, certain that one of them held the restful night of sleep for which I longed. Memory foam, pillows for side sleepers, microbead, body pillows, you name it, I tried it. But none of them worked for me.  As a result, even our guest beds have a minimum of 4 pillows.  We currently have 22 pillows in the house:

(actually we have 25 - the 3 "extra" pillows are in the linen closet.)

(25 is a bit excessive for a household of 2, no?)

Out of all of these pillows, there is 1 that provides me with a decent night sleep.... and it is the sorriest, flattest, wimpiest thing you've ever seen:

To put it in perspective, here is a picture that shows how much flatter it is than the other pillow on the bed:

I am a "side sleeper" but supposedly the pillows for "stomach sleepers" would be best for me.  I don't know.  I'm starting to think that "20 year old" pillows are my best bet.